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MECS – Minor Eye Conditions Service

One of the specialist services available to our patients is the Oxfordshire Minor Eye Service

The service is funded by the NHS and is available at some local opticians

You may find our care navigation team direct you to this service when you ring to try and make an appointment with us at the Practice. Please do not be alarmed – this is to ensure you see the correct specialist eye team if you have a minor eye condition in a timely fashion.

What is the Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)?

If you have a recent onset problem with your eyes, then this service may be able to assess and treat you.

Recent onset symptoms that can be seen under the service include:

• Red eye or eyelids

• Dry eye, or gritty and uncomfortable eyes

• Irritation and inflammation of the eye

• Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye

• Recently occurring flashes or floaters

• In-growing eyelashes

• Recent and sudden loss of vision

• Foreign body in the eye

NOTE: This Minor Eye Conditions service is for sudden onset problems and not for major, prolonged eye conditions such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.

How to make an appointment

If you are registered with an Oxfordshire GP and over age 6, you can use the service

You can contact one of the registered opticians directly by telephone to book in

Or speak to our care navigation team who will direct you to the local services

When you ring the participating optician, you will be asked some questions about your symptoms in order to assess if you are suitable and how quickly you need to be seen by this MECS service.

Please note that this is not an eyesight test. Some eye conditions are better suited to immediate referral to eye casualty – please ask your optometrist, pharmacist or GP if unsure. Others may simply need a routine complete eye examination

Please click on the website link below for further details.

Minor Eye Conditions Service – Oxfordshire LOC